New Coffee Shop Donating 10 Percent of Profits to Charity Opens in Grand Rapids
Looking for a new spot to grab a cup of coffee? A new café focused on sustainability, charity, and inclusivity has opened in Grand Rapids.
Last Mile Cafe Opens in Grand Rapids
Last Mile Cafe is officially open at at 1006 Hall St. SE in Grand Rapids!
The new business held its grand opening Sunday, December 4, 2022.
Now the coffee shop is open daily 7a.m. to 4p.m.
Prior to the brick-and-mortar location opening, Last Mile operated online, and its coffee was sold in grocery stores and at farmers markets.
New Coffee Shop in SE Grand Rapids Focuses on Charity, Sustainability
According to Last Mile Cafe's website, 10% of every purchase gets donated to charity.
Fox 17 reports the causes they contribute to deal with environmental justice, clean drinking water, criminal justice reform and youth at-risk.
In terms of sustainability, their coffee bags are made from renewable and compostable resources.
Last Mile Cafe is also a Black-and woman-owned business. Arick Davis is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Sarah Lahman is Co-founder and Chief Impact and Sustainability Officer.
Davis tells Fox 17,
Representation matters... I love Grand Rapids. When you look around, how many black owned businesses do you see? I grew up in the 49507. Our cafe is going to be right there. What I'm most excited about is that community and kids that run around that neighborhood, like me, can walk into this business and really open their eyes to what they can do. They don't have to do coffee, they can do whatever they want. I'm just excited that we can like be the gateway into that for other people.